Nikiski resident Callen Jay Ross died suddenly March 26, 2011, from a heart attack at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 53.
Family and friends are welcome to a service "at sea" which will be held at a later date.
Mr. Ross was born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and lived there most of his life. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts at Miles College in Miles City, Mont. He received a degree in Graphic Design at Charter College, a degree in Welding Technology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, a degree in Maritime Studies at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center, and attended Alaska Pacific University and University of Alaska Fairbanks.
For the past 20 years he has resided in Alaska. He received his Captain's license and was continuing his education in Seward, to further his abilities as a Captain to be able to navigate larger and various kinds of ships.
His close friends called him a "seeker of knowledge" and described him as a religious person and that religion was an important part of his life. Mr. Ross loved to ride motorcycles and was a lover and collector of music.
He was preceded in death by his mother, LaWanda Ross, of Coeur d'Alene.
He is survived by his daughters, Shaleah Meyer, of Post Falls, Idaho, and Caitlin Ross, of Chugiak; his father, Jack H. Ross, of Coeur d'Alene; sisters, Marla Ross, of Coeur d'Alene, Verona Ross, of Menlo Park, Calif.; and a brother, Bennett Ross, of Liberty Lake, Wash.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel, in Kenai.
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